Breakdown: Arizona vs. Utah

Angelo Chol

Arizona faces Utah on Saturday as it attempts to keep its win streak going. Read on for a complete breakdown, including a prediction.

PG: Josiah Turner (6-3, 192, Fr.) vs. Kareem Storey (5-10, 184, Fr.)

Storey was Utah's second leading scorer in the first go around, as he finished with ten points. In addition, Storey had six assists, but turned the ball over five times. The strategy will likely be similar this time around as Arizona pressures Storey into mistakes and tries to force the action. We see little reason why that won't happen on Saturday.

Advantage: Arizona



SG: Kyle Fogg (6-3, 188, Sr.) vs. Chris Hines (6-foot-0, 185, Jr.)

Hines shot 3-10 in the first meeting and there's little reason to think he will be able to score more. Fogg is playing some of the best basketball of his career and although Hines is going to likely shoot at will, that does not mean it is a good thing. Fogg is going to outplay Hines and it is a good opportunity for him to score as well.

Advantage: Arizona



SF: Nick Johnson (6-2, 198, Fr.) vs. Cedric Martin (6-4, 200, Jr.)

Martin is shooting 36 percent from the field, which is up from the last time these two teams met. Johnson may be inconsistent, but his potential for effecting the game is likely higher than Martin's. Martin has the ability to score a bit, but it will never be efficient enough to have a major impact on the game.

Advantage: Arizona



PF: Solomon Hill (6-6, 226, Jr.) vs. Dijon Farr (6-6, 219, Jr.)

Hill played one of his worst games of the season and got ejected in the first meeting. Don't think for a second that it is not in the back of Hill's mind and we get the feeling it will all come out on Saturday. Hill is dominating the glass and playing well all around and we see little reason to think that is going to change against Utah.

Advantage: Arizona



C: Jesse Perry (6-7, 217, Sr.) vs. Jason Washburn (6-10, 244, Jr.)

Washburn is likely better than a lot of people think he he showed it by scoring 14 points and grabbing six boards in the first meeting. Arizona has been more aggressive as of late and there is a decent chance Washburn will be in foul trouble. Perry is the better player, but it would not be surprising to see Washburn lead his team in scoring.

Advantage: Arizona



Bench: Utah goes about eight deep, but it is not a strong eight. On the other hand, Arizona is getting fantastic play from Angelo Chol and still has Brendon Lavender coming off the bench. The rotation may be only seven, but it is stronger than Utah's eight.

Advantage: Arizona



Coaches: Sean Miller vs. Larry Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak is trying his hardest to rebuild Utah, but it is difficult to give him too much credit at this point. Miller has his team playing its best basketball of the season, which is the opposite of Utah right now.

Advantage: Arizona



Prediction: With the way Arizona is playing and what kind of team Utah is, this game should not be close beyond the first five minutes. The Wildcats will likely impose their will against the Utes, allowing Arizona to cruise throughout much of the game.



Arizona 78, Utah 59

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